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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/09/2020.

Covid-19 Community Testing Healthcare Assistant

Job Reference: 371-CHW738

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Mobile Community Swabbing
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

Band 3 - Health Care Assistant Covid19 Community Testing

We are recruiting experienced Healthcare Assistants to join our Urgent Care Service as a Covid-19 community tester. This role will support our Covid-19 testing to ensure that we can provide the safest care for both our staff and patients within the community.

You will be performing Covid-19 swab tests within the community and will be visiting patients’ homes, care homes as well as supporting our static Covid-19 testing sites. This role requires lots of travel across the borough, and so it is essential that you hold a full driving license valid in the UK. However, you do not need a vehicle as you will also have access to a one of our cars during your working hours.

We will provide you with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment to carry out the role safely and you will be working in a supportive team.

About the Job

  • Perform initial assessments on patients in a courteous and helpful manner trying to allay fears and anxieties that the patient may have
  • Undertake Covid-19 swab tests on patients with potential infectious diseases either in their own home, care homes or at our testing centres.
  • All testing procedures must be followed, and details recorded correctly
  • Always ensure effective infection, prevention and control measures are always adhered to

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

  • AfC Salary ranging from £19,737 - £21,142 per annum
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff
  • And so much more

The 4 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. Must have NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent
  2. Hold a full Driving Licence valid in the UK
  3. Experience in a customer-based environment
  4. Excellent communication skills

If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we would recommend you apply today!

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call: Gemma Thomas on 01635 273508 or email: who’ll be delighted to help.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameGemma ThomasEmail addressgemma.thomas@berkshire.nhs.ukTelephone number01635 273508Additional contact information

Gemma Thomas

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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